uh oh, please help - changed water heater and 1/2 pressure

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by motlot77, Feb 27, 2007.

  1. motlot77

    motlot77 New Member

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    i switched out an old water heater (15 yrs old prolly) and installed a new one, same size - 50 gallon.

    when i was sweating the new water feed in place i used a couple small pieces of paper towel to block the water flow...DUMB!!! i know, i know. well it didn't work so then i got some bread and shoved a few pieces in there to block it as well.

    well now the hot water pressure is 1/2 of what it was. it's just the HOT WATER ONLY. the cold is working just fine.

    did i plug the line? i don't believe so cuz the cold runs perfectly. not sure what to do.

    thanks for the help!
  2. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    My guess is YES. SOme paper towels are like cloth - they just won't degrade or dissolve. Now, how to get them out is the question.
  3. motlot77

    motlot77 New Member

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    any easy idea on how to do this?

    the cold flow is perfect though...how could this be if i blocked the line?
  4. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    It spit the stuff into the tank, then it clogged up the outlet. OR, you were lucky, OR it just hasn't worked its way into a place where it could clog anything yet.
  5. coz

    coz New Member

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    is it low at every fixture? if so, its blocked at the tank. if its just one or 2 fixtures you can pull the supply tube off and see if its blocked at the stop or in the faucet. then if its at the stop you can usually clean it out with a piece of solder but if its in the faucet you can pull the stem and turn on the stop and clear it there . usually the stem gets clogged up when you do that.Next time drain water better even if you have to open everything up and shop vac it. you could chase this thing for a while.
  6. brand of water heater

    if youhave a richmond, ge or rheem, they all hvae CHECK BALLS

    inside the nipples going into the water heater to keep the heat in..


    you might have clogged one of those up and it will most likely

    involve takeing it apart again...
  7. Cass

    Cass Plumber

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    Mark, I either remove the traps or change the nips when I install a heater that has them. I never leave them in.
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